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Microfinance Initiative for Asia (MIFA)

Financial Inclusion
  • Promoting shared prosperity in Asia
  • First microfinance initiative targeting Asian MFIs
  • Unlocks investment for female and rural clients

Fund documents

Our investment goals and strategy

Strengthen capacity

We aim to create and enhance institutional capacity for sustainable microfinance delivery in Asia. This involves strengthening the links between domestic and international capital markets and providing responsible financial services.

Expanded outreach

This fund is the first initiative of its size to exclusively target Asian microfinance institutions (MFIs). It works with small to medium MFIs to help microentrepreneurs who may have struggled to access finance in the past.

Unlocking investment

An example of blended finance, the fund was introduced by the International Finance Corporation and the KfW Development Bank as a catalyst for private sector investments. It focuses on unlocking investment for female and rural clients in the region.

Fund characteristics

Fund inception 2012
Asset class Private debt (blended finance)
Status Closed
Liquidity Closed-end
NAV frequency Quarterly
Domicile and legal structure Luxembourg, SICAV-SIF
SFDR classification Article 9
Investment manager BlueOrchard Finance Ltd
Depositary Citibank Europe plc.
Administrator Citibank Europe plc.
Technical assistance Financed by KfW (the German Development Bank), on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Backed by BMZ
European Union
All investments involve risk. We note specifically that past performance is not an indication of future results.

SDGs addressed

Core SDGs

Aligned SDGs

Core SDGs: Core SDGs are those that address the impact intent and/or sustainability investment objective of a given fund.
Aligned SDGs: Aligned SDGs are those that the fund’s investees promote through responsible ESG management practices.

Impact KPIs

Figures as of 30 June 2022
MSMEs* supported by institutions in the portfolio
Employees in institutions in the portfolio
Female clients
Rural clients
Median loan size
Tier2 and Tier3 MFIs
*Micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs)
SFDR-related disclosures (investor information - password protected)

SFDR Pre-contractual Disclosure

SFDR Website Disclosure (article 10)

SFDR Periodic Disclosure

Statement on Principal Adverse Impacts of Investment Decisions on Sustainability Factors


Business Development
General inquiries
Magnus Weikert
Senior Vice President Nordics
Business Development
EU inquiries
Thomas R. Henauer
Business Development Director, DACH region
Camille Loubignac
Vice President Business Development

Improving the quality of live

Reaching underserved regions in Indonesia with MBK

MBK (Mitra Bisnis Keluarga – Indonesian for “Family Business Partners”)  is one of the largest non-deposit taking microfinance institutions in Indonesia and a BlueOrchard investee since 2008. It uses the Grameen methodology to provide working capital to women with low-income in primarily rural and semi-urban areas of Indonesia. MBK’s mission is to provide access to formal and low-cost financial services to promote financial inclusion in order to raise incomes and improve living standards in the regions where it operates. 100% of MBK’s borrowers are female, as are its field credit staff. As of March, MBK  served 1,448,578 women, 75% of whom live below the country’s poverty line.

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